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Champagne and rub-down in Jackson Hole

Champagne and rub-down in Jackson Hole May 19th, 2009 at 7:30AM: Before you skip this as "just another travel deal" – as I almost did – consider the combination of mountain air, spa treatments and the taste of champagne. The "Ultimate Chill" package from Hotel Terra Jackson Hole includes all this within a LEED-certified eco-boutique, so you don't need to feel guilty while enjoying this touch of pleasure. Get your weary arms, legs and back rubbed...

Give a little to get a little at RockResorts

Give a little to get a little at RockResorts May 16th, 2009 at 2:00PM: Is it really goodwill if you're getting something in return? Well, maybe we'll call it a fair trade, then. This summer, RockResorts is offering a "Give & Getaway" package across all nine of its resorts. In exchange for an incredibly low room rate, you just have to chip in some time to help the environment. Projects include trail restoration, working with sustainable local farmers, and...

Only in Alaska: Welcome to the 49th state

Only in Alaska: Welcome to the 49th state May 15th, 2009 at 7:00PM: Alaska is one of those places where your expectations are met and often exceeded: the mountains are gargantuan and they're everywhere, there are moose wandering the cities, and folks still run trap lines and live in log cabins. Yes, people still mush dogs (an Iditarod champion even lives in my small town), and many Alaska Natives still practice subsistence living. Though the stereotypical Alaska...

Visit Yellowstone Offseason

Visit Yellowstone Offseason Apr 23rd, 2009 at 8:00AM: Yellowstone National Park is one of the most popular destinations in the U.S., welcoming nearly 3 million visitors per year. Most of those come during the summer months, when the weather is consistently beautiful, and the travel season is in full swing. But this article suggests that we should go now, to beat the crowds, and enjoy springtime in the Northern Rockies, where no matter what time of...

Jackson Hole Airport to undergo runway work

Jackson Hole Airport to undergo runway work Apr 13th, 2009 at 12:00PM: Jackson Hole Airport is likely to close for around four days next month because of runway work. The closure is scheduled to begin at 5 PM on May 25, 2009 (Memorial Day), with the four-day estimate coming from the contractors hired by the airport. If the hired help can get the work done according to schedule – and when was the last time that happened? – the airport could reopen as early...

Visit Yellowstone this summer minus the crowds

Visit Yellowstone this summer minus the crowds Apr 12th, 2009 at 10:30AM: According to tourism officials, advance bookings at Yellowstone National Park are down 13% this year which means that this summer would be a great time to put gas into a vehicle and head west. Gas prices are half of what they were last year and lodging is not particularly expensive anyway. With less crowds waiting for Old Faithful or the other geysers to do their shows or seeking out wildlife...

Snake River Resort deal feels like stealing

Snake River Resort deal feels like stealing Mar 10th, 2009 at 2:00AM: I love dirt-cheap deals. I like being able to go to some cool destination ... and know that I'm absolutely screwing the place because the package is so cheap. The "Tram-tastic Ski Package" at the Snake River Lodge & Spa looks like one of these chances to feel like you are truly taking advantage of somebody. This Jackson Hole, WY RockResort is turning $106 a night into a gateway to pure...

Travel read: 101 Places You Gotta See Before You're 12! Here are 10.

Travel read: 101 Places You Gotta See Before You're 12! Here are 10. Nov 12th, 2008 at 2:30PM: If travel seems overwhelmingly expensive, or just plain overwhelming, turn it down a notch. That's the message in the book 101 Places You Gotta See Before You're 12! by Joanne O'sullivan. Plus there's not the word "die" in the title. That's uplifting. Although this book is aimed towards children, it offers a fresh way to look at travel for adults as well. Each page touts a different wonder to...

Travel deals abound for the holidays: Go for that dream vacation

Travel deals abound for the holidays: Go for that dream vacation Oct 26th, 2008 at 1:30PM: The downward slide of the economy is creating an upswing of excellent opportunities for less expensive travel. Because people are holding off on making their holiday plans, the travel industry is cutting prices to attract customers. That's true whether you are into luxury travel or the budget version. That's the buzz as reported in this article from The New York Times. Reading the article is like...

Wolves: Oscar winning material and no longer endangered

Wolves: Oscar winning material and no longer endangered Feb 27th, 2008 at 2:00PM: At the end of this year's Oscar winner for Short Film--Animated, "Peter and the Wolf," the wolf goes free even after he made Peter not too happy. (Sorry if that ruins it for anyone.) The tolerance for the wolf is one that has been hard won. Tolerance hasn't been totally won, although, through the Endangered Species Act, government regulations have helped the gray wolf population grow in the...

5-Star hotels: This year's Mobil Travel Guide List

5-Star hotels: This year's Mobil Travel Guide List Feb 3rd, 2008 at 6:20PM: A few weeks back we gave you the TripAdvisor's list of the dirtiest hotels in the U.S. On the opposite end of the spectrum, The Mobil Travel Guide has recently unveiled its lists of Five-Star and Four-Star hotels. These are the cream of the finest of the fine--the places to drool over. In all, there are 14 Five-Star hotels in the United States. California has over half of them. There are nine in...

Heath Ledger died today and I'm thinking of Brokeback Mountain and Wyoming

Heath Ledger died today and I'm thinking of Brokeback Mountain and Wyoming Jan 22nd, 2008 at 6:00PM: Wow! I am truly in shock. I was writing up another post and swung over to The New York Times on line when I saw Heath Ledger was found dead today. How awful and how odd. I just saw him this weekend in the movie "I'm Not There" and earlier today, before I heard he had died, I thought, you know, when I think of Heath Ledger, he's Ennis Del Mar working on a ranch in Wyoming. What is he doing playing...

Raising a pet coyote in Wyoming (with adorable pics)

Raising a pet coyote in Wyoming (with adorable pics) Dec 3rd, 2007 at 10:59PM: I think any reasonable person would be against capturing and taming wild animals, so I bristled a bit when I first came across this website, which tells the story of a woman who raises a coyote out of a one-room log cabin in Wyoming. But you learn that she found the coyote as a pup, orphaned after both of his parents were killed. Plus, the cuuuute pictures won me over. The woman herself also...

More reasons to head to South Dakota: The Black Hills

More reasons to head to South Dakota: The Black Hills Nov 4th, 2007 at 3:30PM: Catherine's already told us about South Dakota having the geographical center of the United States. I thought of this last night when a friend was telling me about her road trip by herself to Montana from Ohio. There are many reasons to head here. My friend mentioned the Black Hills and the Badlands as high points. I've been through this part of the U.S. a few times myself and can say, it is truly...

Photo of the Day (8/22/07)

Photo of the Day (8/22/07) Aug 22nd, 2007 at 3:03PM: Ywlstonegirl's shot of Castle Geyser in Yellowstone National Park reminds me of the Glass Eye Studio globes that I saw the day before yesterday at the Ohio Craft Museum. But, the difference is, instead of looking into the marble from the outside, the angle here gives the impression of being pulled towards the center of the scene. I missed this geyer when we went to Yellowstone two years ago....

Photo of the Day (11/25/06)

Photo of the Day (11/25/06) Nov 25th, 2006 at 1:28PM: Certainly not a perfect picture, but this one comes from my road trip files as seen first-hand just outside of the Grand Tetons in Wyoming. There was something about the way the ice sat on top of the plants that enchanted me. Obviously I didn't get many a pleasure or chance to see snow and ice back then, but the times have definitely changed. I'll be seeing snow, ice and feeling a lot of cold...

U.S. National Parks from Coast to Coast

U.S. National Parks from Coast to Coast Oct 29th, 2006 at 9:53PM: Perhaps this site has made the Gadling pages before, but at the same time I'm willing to bet we've somehow managed to look over this fine jewel packed with National Park info. A buddy of mine who happens to be good pals with one of the creators of the USA-C2C venture pointed it out to me a few days back and after accessing the very thorough and detailed information, I must recommend that anyone...

Shogun Sushi

Shogun Sushi Oct 19th, 2006 at 12:12PM: Almost everywhere I turned in Jackson, WY I had someone tossing out a restaurant recommendation or two. This absolutely delighted me, however it is during these times when everyone wants to provide you with the most delicious dish on the most delicious dish, that you aren't quite ready to saddle up and dig right in because your taste buds are craving something totally different. For instance,...

On the Road: Yellowstone Report

On the Road: Yellowstone Report Oct 19th, 2006 at 10:14AM: Yesterday while Erik was busy typing up this great summary of National Parks to check out during winter, I was more than likely uploading my very own photos from America's most well-known park - Yellowstone. I'm no National park geek, but having done several over the last two weeks it is pushing me to want to see them all. Yes, I'm finally beginning to understand the beauty and wonder Erik has so...

Photo of the Day (9/27/06)

Photo of the Day (9/27/06) Sep 27th, 2006 at 1:10PM: Today we go to carlhancock for our POTD. Taken in Wyoming at the Grand Teton National Park this shot feels as if you're just a few miles from the base of the mountain and is simply amazing. Don't know whether this was taken through Photoshop or not, but either way the colors are absolutely eye-popping and pull you in. I've always found it hard to tell with certain pictures. Anyhow, I'm very...

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